On October 22, 2019 local time, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered questions about the United Nations when meeting with journalists in Bern along with Ignazio Cassis, member of the Federal Council and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation.
Wang Yi said that October 24th is the United Nations Day and Switzerland is an important station of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and other multilateral organizations. It is of special significance for us to review and stay true to the original intention of establishing the United Nations and uphold peace. The United Nations, built under the background of World War II, has played an irreplaceable role in maintaining world security and stability. In today's world, with the prevailing of unilateralism and rising of power politics, the authority and status of the United Nations are being challenged as never before.We should take United Nations Day as an opportunity to review the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, abide by the basic norms governing international relations, pull together to fight against unilateralism and bullying, and maintain the status and authority of the United Nations.
Wang Yi stressed that the United Nations shall be the base of multilateralism to tackle global challenges, a main channel to peacefully settle hot issues and resolve political disputes through dialogues, as well as a main driving force of the global community to actively promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Wang Yi said the United Nations shall keep pace with the times and constantly conduct self-reform and self-improvement. Given that most of the countries joining the United Nations after World War II are developing countries, the United Nations should respect the stance of developing countries and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.
Wang Yi said that China was the first country which signed the Charter of the United Nations. As a permanent member of the Security Council, China will do its best to fulfill its international obligations and work with other countries to safeguard the international system centered on United Nations, the basic norms of international relations based on the Charter of the United Nations, and the authority of the United Nations and its core role in international affairs.